• Camarasus skull in the cliff face, rafters on the Green River, McKee Springs petroglyphs

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

Traffic & Travel Tips

 

From here you can access links to find out the latest information on weather and road conditions including road construction updates.

There are four paved roads in the park. All other roads in the park are dirt/clay. These roads are impassable when wet. Be prepared for remote driving conditions. Travel with extra water, food and keep your gas tank above half full. Cell phone reception is spotty. Four-wheel drive is not required, but is useful on steep unpaved roads. Light rain often makes dirt roads impassable, even with four-wheel drive.

Limited services are available in Jensen, Utah and Dinosaur, Colorado – the towns closest to the Monument visitor centers. More services are available in Vernal, Utah, Rangely, Colorado, and Craig, Colorado.

Contact the park for more information by calling (435) 781-7700 to check on road conditions before you travel.


 

Road & Highway Conditions

Utah - Utah Dept. of Transportation
Text list of roads
or dial 511 or (866) 511-8824

Colorado - Colorado Dept. of Transportation
or dial (877) 315-7623

Southwest Wyoming - Wyoming Dept. of Transportation
or dial 511 or (888) 996-7623


 

Paved Monument Roads

Utah 149 enters the park from Highway 40 in Jensen, Utah. This entrance road brings you to the Quarry Visitor Center, Split Mountain boat launch, Split Mountain Campground, Green River Campground, and the Tour of the Tilted Rocks self-guided auto tour.

Harpers Corner Road enters the park from Highway 40, 2 miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado. The Canyon Area Visitor Center is at the corner of Highway 40 and Harpers Corner Road. This entrance road brings you to the canyon overlooks along the Harpers Corner Auto Tour, a self-guided auto drive, and a 2 mile round trip scenic hike to Harpers Corner. Harpers Corner Road closes in the winter due to snow.

Jones Hole Road ends at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's fish hatchery. A four-mile (one way) scenic hiking trail begins at the hatchery parking area and takes you to the Green River in Whirlpool Canyon.

Deerlodge Park Road brings you to the launch site for the Yampa River and Deerlodge Campground.

 
Yampa Bench Road

The Yampa Bench Road winds through the back country of Dinosaur National Monument

Dirt Roads

Echo Park Road can be accessed from Harpers Corner Road or Yampa Bench Road. This 13 mile road is steep with hairpin turns for the first several miles. The road ends at Echo Park which has a campground, boat launch, and hiking trails.
Yampa Bench Road can be accessed from either Echo Park Road at the west end or from Highway 40 at the east end. High clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended for driving this road. More information…
Island Park Road enters from the west end of the park and brings you to Rainbow Park Campground, Rainbow Park boat ramp and to the Island Park area of the park.
Gates of Lodore is the northern-most entrance to the park, and is off Highway 318. The road ends at the Gates of Lodore Campground, boat launch and scenic hiking trail.

 

Air Service

The nearest commercial airport is in Vernal, Utah, with service to Denver, Colorado by Great Lakes Aviation (a codeshare partner with Frontier Airlines). Five airlines service Grand Junction, CO, approximately 2.5 hours from Dinosaur National Monument. The nearest major cities with air service are Salt Lake City, Utah (approx. 3.5 hours drive) and Denver, Colorado (approx. 6 hours drive).

 

ATVs/ORVs

Dinosaur National Monument is closed to the use of all types of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and off-road vehicles for the protection of monument resources. All vehicles traveling on monument roads must be properly licensed and registered.

Cub Creek Road and petroglyphs
Cub Creek Road winds below sandstone cliffs adorned with petroglyphs from the Fremont Culture.
NPS

Did You Know?

Photo of paleontologist Earl Douglass.

Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.